Man Attacked By Shark in Australia: Nurse Shark Bites Legs Of Fisherman Alan Saunders

on April 22 2013 1:02 PM

They say no good deed goes unpunished. An Australian fisherman attempting to free three nurse sharks ended up getting bitten and injured last week.

After noticing three sharks caught in his fishing net, 51-year-old fisherman, Alan Saunders, attempted to free them. That's when he was bit, The Guardian reported.

“Alan was involved in removing one of the sharks out of the wings of the net. He released that shark but another shark came in and bit him on both legs,” said Saunder’s brother and fellow fisherman, Ray Saunders.

According to reports, Saunders was attacked by a grey nurse shark and suffered deep puncture wounds. The victim was transported by helicopter to John Hunter Hospital in New Castle to receive treatments.

The fishermen were in knee-deep water off New South Whales at Crowdy Head beach at the time of the incident.

According to Discovery, there have been 52 reported nurse shark attacks worldwide, none of which have resulted in death. The breed is known to gather in large packs of 40 and are considered nonaggressive.

Last month a shark dive almost turned deadly for one South African honeymooner after a great white shark attacked the cage; the entire incident was caught on video.

The vacationing victim, who was only identified as "Roger," had just been married the day before the attack and swam away from the animal unscathed.

“For the first few seconds, you can’t help but think the worst has happened,” said witness Bryan Plummer. “His instinct was just to go down and avoid where the shark had access to. It was very quick thinking on his part."

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